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Movie Review: Thank you for Smoking

Alternate Title: Lobbyists are People Too

Story: Can you possibly make a Washington DC tobacco lobbyist lovable? Director and writerJason Reitman manages to do just that in this very funny satire about the life of a lobbyist who represents a despicable industry. It is based on the Christopher Buckley book (1994).

How does one actually become a lobbyist for an industry that everyone knows kills people? The bottom line is if you have the gift of gab and a very flexible moral compass you might want to consider a career in lobbying. It is very lucrative.

The spin, the greed, the crusaders, the blow-hard Congress people and all other aspects of society who will gain from more tobacco sales are skewed with good humor.

The film takes place right before the tobacco industry was judged responsible for snookering the populace and had to pay an enormous pay outs to the States. By the way, what ever happened to that money? If you want a few good laughs and want to see the inside of a lobbyists' heart, check out this funny film.

Acting: Aaron Eckhart (Nurse Betty, Erin Brockovich, Your Friends & Neighbors and In the Company of Men) is simply terrific as lobbyist Nick Naylor. He is the heart and soul of this film. The supporting cast are all great except I found Katie Holmes to be distracting.

Predilection: I tend to like satires.

Critters: 0

Food: The three featured lobbyists enjoyed lots of meat and potatoes.

Blatant Product Placement: Duh! The tobacco industry. Product placement actually has quite a large role in this film.

Soundtrack: Funny

Opening Titles: A very clever use of old cigarette logos and type.

Visual Art: The art displayed in the big Hollywood agent's offices was hysterical.

Theater Audience: I was in the secret balcony of my favorite multiplex alone. There were some people downstairs and they were laughing as hard as I was.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: Other than the scenes with Katie Hones I did not drift. It was just too hard not to think of her and Tom Cruise. Gasp!

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: What can we say about cigarettes that as not been said before? If cocaine dealers had as powerful a lobby in Washington as tobacco it would be legal here too.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental will do you just fine. There is a segment about the old Marlboro Man and lung cancer. In real life the actor who portrayed the "Marlboro Man" in print and television cigarette advertisements did die of lung cancer. http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/marlboro.htm

Length: 90 minutes